Senior Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and External Affairs

Organization: The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Job Description

Through advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels, the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) works to support the widespread deployment of wireless connectivity in every community. WIA represents the businesses and workers that develop, build, own and operate that nation’s wireless infrastructure, including wireless infrastructure providers, carriers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate more than 135,000 telecommunications facilities around the globe.

The Senior Vice President of Policy, Advocacy and External Affairs is responsible for leading WIA’s advocacy efforts at the federal and state level, acting as WIA’s chief strategist and advocate before federal agencies, the White House, and in state capitals across the country. The position is also responsible for managing external affairs for the association. Working as WIA’s chief strategist and advocate, you will leverage any existing contacts, cultivate new relationships, and manage a team that oversees federal and state lobbyists, monitors legislative activity and rulemaking proceedings, and implements WIA’s policy agenda.

Next-generation 5G networks—one hundred times faster than current networks—are already reshaping the global economy, ushering in a new era of connected devices, powering smart cities, and enabling autonomous vehicles, enhanced telemedicine, and advanced manufacturing. Providing a regulatory environment that enables WIA members to confidently invest in, innovate, and deploy the infrastructure that enables these things is your top priority.

Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the CEO, you will oversee a team of legal and policy professionals to:

  • Develop and advocate for WIA’s positions before policymakers in Congress, federal agencies (FCC, NTIA, FAA and others), state legislatures, Governors’ offices, and state regulatory bodies.
  • Publicly represent the association before federal and state policy makers, industry, and the public, including through written and oral testimony and public speaking engagements.
  • Draft proposed legislation, regulatory comments, position papers, issue briefs and support related communications efforts.
  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis on complex federal and state policy and legal issues affecting the wireless infrastructure industry.
  • Prepare and present briefings and recommendations on policy matters to WIA leadership and member companies.
  • Support all internal team members and departments consistent with the association mission and values while promoting association culture.
  • Oversee external affairs, including management of communications with media and third parties and research agenda for the association.

Qualifications 

  • 10-15 years of legal, legislative, advocacy, or policy related experience in telecommunications, preferably with knowledge of the wireless industry. Licensed attorney is strongly preferred.
  • Strategic thinker capable of developing and executing a policy agenda with the ability to anticipate and prepare for activities in advance, including the ability to respond to legislative changes and political developments and develop alternative advocacy approaches as necessary.
  • Exceptional communication and analytical skills with the ability to write strategically in a clear and concise manner.
  • Experience managing and developing a team.
  • Experience working for or as part of an association with the ability to achieve consensus positions is preferred.

Attributes 

  • Strategic leader. You set the agenda and make it happen through action and through effective management of your team. While able to respond to recommendations from others, you don’t sit back and wait for direction.
  • Results-oriented. Internal and external stakeholders respect you for your knowledge and abilities and find you both approachable and responsive.
  • Persuasive. You are confident, engaging, and influential. People follow your lead.
  • Collegial and Collaborative. You carry your weight as a team member, learning from others and contributing in equal measure.
  • Politically astute. You are excited by policy and proudly call yourself a policy wonk. You are energized by different viewpoints and the give and take of the political process.
  • Analytical. You have incisive analytical skills and the ability to make critical assessments. You can identify and frame problems and set priorities.
  • Exceptional communicator. You are articulate. You have concise, accurate, and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Curious. You like learning new things and collecting and sharing information. You ask questions, listen, and learn.
  • Organized. You can effectively manage numerous individuals and companies and keep the train on track.
  • Mission-driven. You get what matters to our members and what serves the mission.

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate? 

  • You will be joining a team of strong, talented colleagues who are dedicated to our mission. Our colleagues are friendly, respectful of different perspectives, and supportive of each other both personally and professionally.
  • This is a high-visibility role; you will interface with government and industry leaders (including WIA board members) and have the autonomy to be entrepreneurial and lead the charge.
  • You will be a valuable member of the senior leadership team of a growing and dynamic association in an equally growing and dynamic industry.
  • Work life balance – you will work hard, but there is a strong recognition of the need for balance and flexibility.
  • The sky is the limit for your growth in this role. Supported by a professional internal team and a well-connected group of federal and state lobbyists, you will have the opportunity to lead and shape WIA’s state advocacy program. We welcome creativity and innovation.
  • We are the workforce leader in a rapidly growing industry. 5G and successive generations of broadband access will transform every industry of the U.S. economy. Our work is interesting and varied; the issues facing our industry are constantly changing and we are pioneers of innovative ideas.
  • We offer competitive compensation and generous benefits that include vacation, sick, and bereavement leave; volunteer days; parking/Metro allowance; income security options; and health and wellness benefits that include an on-site gym facility.

To Apply 

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a perfect match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.

Simply email your resume to policyjobs@wia.org with “SVP of Policy, Advocacy and External Affairs” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

WIA takes seriously its commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. WIA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy, or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

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